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Homeschoolers in the Park 9:30 am
Homeschoolers in the Park @ Hancock County Parks
May 4 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Classes in the park are for homeschooled families. This 10 day series will be held on the first Wednesday of each month from September to June to explore different science based curriculum programs such as earth, space, physical and life science. Each class will cover some of Ohio’s teaching standards in a fun and exciting way. Most of the classes will be held at Oakwoods Nature Preserve, but we will visit some of the other parks in Hancock County. We will follow Findlay City Schools for weather delays and cancellations. 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., ages 5-8 11 a.m. to noon, ages 9-13 Series includes the following: September 2 – Plant and Animal Classification – Oakwood Nature Preserve (ONP) October 7 – Ecosystems & Habitats – Riverbend Recreation Area (RRA), Shelter 3 November 4 – Living History: Life for the McKinnis’s in 1847 – Litzenberg Memorial Woods (LMW) December 2 – Motion – ONP January 6 – Earth Rocks – ONP February 3 – Solar System – ONP March 2- Physics & Experiments – RRA, Lodge April 6 – Energy – RRA, Shelter 3 May 4 – Wildflowers and Trees- LMW June 1 – Outdoor Recreation Fun (archery, canoeing, kayaking, fishing) – ONP Register with $20 per child for the series or $3.00 per child for an individual month by 4:30 PM on Wednesday, August 26; a medical form is required and available online or at the park office
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Mars 9:00 pm
Mars @ Riverbend Park
May 10 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm
J.T. Senghas of the Millstream Astronomy Club will be giving a talk titled “Mars” which is all about our mysterious red neighbor. The program will be followed by observations of the Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Meet at Shelter 5. All ages welcome. Free, registration not required.
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Elmwood High School Americana Concert 7:00 pm
Elmwood High School Americana Concert @ Wayne Park
May 12 @ 7:00 pm
WAYNE — The Elmwood High School concert band will host a free outdoor “Americana” concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Wayne Park, Center Street, Wayne. The band will perform selections of patriotic and well-known American folk songs. Audience members are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be moved to the Elmwood High School gymnasium, 7650 Jerry City Road, Bloomdale.
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Voices in Perfection Show Choir Spring Fling 7:30 pm
Voices in Perfection Show Choir Spring Fling @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium
May 13 @ 7:30 pm
The Voices in Perfection Show Choir Spring Fling will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, in R.L. Heminger Auditorium at Findlay High School. The cabaret-style program features solo, ensemble and full group performances by the VIP members and accompanying instrumentalists, The Rippers. General admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Senior citizens with a Findlay City Schools pass receive free admission. Tickets can only be purchased at the door. Tickets will go on sale at 6:15 p.m. and theater doors will open at 6:45 p.m. VIP and The Rippers will perform their spring show entitled “WEATHER or Not, Here We Go!”, which includes the following selections: “Beautiful Day,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Blow, Winds of Fall,” “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” and “Walkin’ on Sunshine.” VIP is directed by Findlay High School Choir Director Krista Bigger. Alycia Althaus, music educator at Jefferson and Chamberlin Hill elementaries, directs The Rippers and Findlay High School Administrative Assistant Ashley Carey provides choreography. All three directors are FHS and VIP alumni. For additional information, contact the high school’s vocal music office at 419-425-8282.
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Nature Critters Craft Program 1:00 pm
Nature Critters Craft Program @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A crafts program using buckeyes, acorns, pine cones, and other natural craft supplies to create “nature critters” will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The family program requires $2 per person registration, payable by 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the park district office, 1424 E. Main Cross St. A minimum of six participants is required to hold the program. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
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Biomimicry Program 1:00 pm
Biomimicry Program @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
An open house to look at how nature has inspired through “biomimicry” will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Visitors can look at inventions and creations, like Velcro and camouflage, modeled after something in nature. The free family program requires no registration. For more information, call the Hancock Park District office at 419-425-7275.
Spring Gospel Sing 1:00 pm
Spring Gospel Sing @ Petro Truck Stop
May 15 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Truck Stop Ministries, Inc., which operates out of the Petro Truck Stop at 12900 Deshler Road, North Baltimore, will hold a Spring Gospel Sing from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 15 in its Truckers’ Chapel. The event will feature music by Donna Sue, Paula Barron, Peggy Richardson, One Voice, Jake Reel, Miss Amanda, Chris Baldwin, HeartSong, Jimmy Potridge, New Presence Gospel and Carl Woodring. Those attending are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.
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FHS Finale Spring Concert 7:30 pm
FHS Finale Spring Concert @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium
May 16 @ 7:30 pm
The Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra and the Findlay High School Chamber Orchestra will present a Finale Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 16, in R.L. Heminger Auditorium at Findlay High School. The concert is free and open to the public. The Chamber Orchestra will begin the concert with two selections: “Prelude for String Orchestra,” and “Blue Rhythmico.” The group performed these two pieces for the Annie Moses Band in a master class as part of an educational outreach while the Annie Moses Band was in Findlay for a performance. The Chamber Orchestra comprises a select group of 20 string players who also perform in the Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra. The Symphony Orchestra, comprising 73 students, will perform seven selections at the concert, including “Medieval Legend” by Michael Story, conducted by Anita Schaible; and “Hungarian Dance No. 5 and No. 6” by Johannes Brahms, conducted by David Brax. In addition, the orchestra will perform Fantasy on “Sleepers, Wake” by J.S. Bach and “Aragonaise” from “Carmen” by George Bizet. The group received a “superior” rating on these two selections from a panel of judges when they were performed at the Ohio Music Education Association State Orchestra Contest. The orchestra performance will also feature “Unfinished Symphony No. 8” by Franz Schubert. This challenging piece is a professional-level work that is performed by major symphony orchestras. The concert will conclude with “Purgatorio,” composed by Robert W. Smith. This piece is a tone poem based on Dante’s “Divine Comedy.” It tells the story of Dante’s journey through the island mountain Purgatory where he encounters the seven deadly sins. An unusual and haunting piece, it includes many instrumental solos as well as a vocal element. The Symphony Orchestra is directed by Ken Pressel, with assistant directors David Brax and Anita Schaible. For more information, contact Pressel at 419-422-7158.
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Extravabandza 7:30 pm
Extravabandza @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
May 17 @ 7:30 pm
The Findlay City Schools’ Music Department will present the annual “Extravabandza” concert at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts Tuesday, May 17, beginning at 7:30 p.m. This will be the first Findlay High School instrumental music concert at the arts center. The Findlay High School Jazz Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Percussion Ensemble will perform at the concert. The FHS Bands will be performing several popular selections, including music of The Beatles, “Titanic,” “Star Trek,” “Jurassic Park,” and several other standard band works. The FHS Bands are directed by Michael Springer and Dan Wilson. The concert is free and open to the public, although a freewill donation will be collected to benefit the music department. For more information, contact Dan Wilson, director of bands, at dwilson@fcs.org
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Hamler Country Fest
Hamler Country Fest
May 20 – May 22 all-day
Music fans are in for a good weekend when the Hamler Country Fest comes to Henry County. The lineup mixes acts from northwestern Ohio as well as the rest of the United States, including Craig Campbell, Brent Lowry and the Drifters, RaeLynn, and Nashville Crush. The shows are all under roof with open seating and open beverages available. Concertgoers are asked to provide their own lawn chairs and information about camping on the grounds is available on the website. Admission: $13 for Friday and Saturday, free on Sunday. Three-day pass is $25. Kids 16 and under are free with paid adult admission. Event parking is $2. Single-day passes are $15 at the gate. Primitive camping is $100. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. Sunday.
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Planetarium: Our Solar System 2:00 pm
Planetarium: Our Solar System @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Learn about our solar system by comparing cosmic sizes, distances and atmospheric conditions. Is life possible on another planet? What makes Earth so special? Participants must sit on the floor, but bring along a pillow if you wish. Ask about handicap accessibility. Meet at Discovery Center. All ages welcome. Free, but register by 3 PM on Friday, May 20. Minimum: 6 Maximum: 25.
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A Pioneer’s Day Off: Open House 1:00 pm
A Pioneer’s Day Off: Open House @ Litzenberg Memorial Woods
May 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The McKinnis family, portrayed by costumed interpreters for the Hancock Park District, will show how members entertained themselves in leisure time during an open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the farm house at Litzenberg Memorial Woods. The free program requires no registration. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
Chicago 4:00 pm
Chicago @ Marathon Center for The Performing Arts
May 22 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era”, Chicago will be inducted into the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 8 in Brooklyn, New York. “The legendary rock and roll band with horns” also came in at #9 as the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine’s recent Hot 200 All-Time Top Artists and as the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six consecutive decades. From the signature sound of Chicago’s horns, their iconic vocalists, and a few dozen classic songs, this band’s concerts are celebrations. 2016 marks the band’s 49th consecutive year of touring. Buy your tickets now!
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Wee Ones: Baby Animals 10:00 am
Wee Ones: Baby Animals @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Spring is definitely here and summer is on the way, which means that baby animals are everywhere! Baby birds, fawns, ducklings, lambs, and piglets can all be seen this time of the year. We’ll have a story and an activity about the baby animals of spring. You will get to make your very own baby animal to take home with you! Meet at Discovery Center. This event takes place at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Recommended for ages 3 and under with an adult; other aged siblings are also welcome to attend. Free, registration not required
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